Escape from Juvenile Detention Center Thwarted

By Lee Hermiston, Reporter

WATERLOO, Iowa - A group of residents prevented an escape attempt at the Northeast Iowa Juvenile Detention Center Monday night.

Black Hawk County Sheriff's deputies were called to the juvenile facility in Waterloo at 9:17 p.m. for a report of two residents attempting to escape. Upon arrival, deputies learned that two residents – ages 14 and 16 – assaulted the staff at the detention center with chairs. Staff members were also punched and bitten, police said.

Police said the pair of juveniles made off with a set of keys and had opened one door, but were subdued before making it out of the facility. Their escape was halted by other residents, who came to the aid of the staff.

Staff members were injured, but did not require hospitalization, police said. The facility sustained approximately $1,000 worth of damage during the assault and escape attempt.

One of the teens has been charged with two counts of assault on a correctional officer, assault while participating in a felony, attempted escape and second-degree criminal mischief. The other teen has been charged with two counts of assault on a correctional officer and attempted escape.

Both teens were taken to the Black Hawk County Jail.
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